Friday, 28 February 2014

Review: The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry


Title: The Summer I Found You
Author: Jolene Perry
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Publication Date: 1st March 2014

Tell Me About It
All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.

Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
My Thoughts
When I first heard about The Summer I Found You and then saw the gorgeous cover I knew I had to read it. I began reading with a lot of eagerness, looking forward to reading another of Jolene's books.
The Summer I Found You begins with Kate getting dumped by boyfriend, a few weeks before prom, as he thinks it 'too serious', leaving her broken hearted, and feeling lost.

In the beginning of The Summer I Found You I felt sorry for Kate, within a few pages we discover that she has type 1 diabetes, which involves a lot of blood testing, and food monitoring, which Kate isn't so good at doing. Her parents are strict inn the way they treat her with this, wanting her to have independence, but also taking things away from her in order for her to understand how serious her situation is. Seeing how her parents act is something I can relate to, although I don't have diabetes, I had bad asthma growing up and my parents were strict on making sure I took my inhalers at the exact times I was meant to, writing it down, and monitoring my peak flow. However, as things get out of hand for Kate, I thought she was selfish for not thinking about the consequences of not looking after herself, or how it would affect her friends and family. Her parents only want what is best for her, and by ignoring their advice and warnings she is putting her life in serious danger.
Aidan has to go through so much, he lost his arm in the war and he is basically learning how to live again with just the use of one arm. Seeing how much he has to go through just to eat cereal, get dressed, drive, was no easy feat and I had a lot of respect for him. A few times I wanted to kick his ass for being stubborn in dealing with some issues, but I admire him for finally getting his act together and crossing off things off his list. Some of the things he does take a lot of guts and courage and his determination to cross off everything on his list is true inspiration.

The Summer I Found You was a quick read that only took a few hours to finish, I thought it was enjoyable but it didn't necessarily wow me. I like the friendships that Kate has with a few select people, and seeing how they look out for her made me smile. I also liked seeing how the bond with her parents and her sister are strengthened by what she experiences in The Summer I Found You. Aiden was a strong character that stands out on his own merit, and the interaction between himself and Kate was hilarious, especially with the lack of filter for Kate.

To be honest I'm not really sure on why I didn't fall in love with The Summer I Found You, and only 'in like' with it, I think it just lacked the spark at this moment in time for me.

About Jolene
I wear juvenile T-shirts, worn-out chucks, and eat too much chocolate. I write. A lot. I make up words, drink Shirley Temples, and suffocate a little without my iPod.

Also I blog:
joleneperry.wordpress.com

And I tumblr like a gymnast ;-)
http://authorjoleneperry.tumblr.com/

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